Diminutive of Margaret, Greek

Peggy Origin and Meaning

The name Peggy is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "pearl".

Just when we had written off Peggy as the eternal perky, pug-nosed prom-queen she projected from the 1920s into the fifties, along came Mad Men, with intriguing mid-century characters with names like Joan and Betty--and Peggy, causing a bit of a re-think. MM's proto-feminist Peggy Olson was followed by Amy Adams's strong Oscar-nominated Peggy Dodd character in The Master.

Peggy has been used independently since the eighteenth century, later combined with other names such as Peggy Sue, made famous by the Buddy Holly song and the film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Some notable namesakes who have gone by Peggy include jazz singer Peggy Lee (born Norma), art patron Guggenheim (born Marguerite), skater Fleming, and author/speechwriter Noonan (born Margaret).

It's not likely that Peggy will ever regain the 31st position it held in 1937, but we can see it coming into somewhat wider use.

# 869 in the US

Peggy Rank in US Top 1000

# 1069 on Nameberry

Peggy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Peggy Popularity

Famous People Named Peggy

  • Peggy Lee (born Norma Deloris Egstrom)American singer
  • Edith Margaret Emily "Peggy" AshcroftEnglish actress
  • Marguerite "Peggy" GuggenheimAmerican art collector and socialite
  • Margaret "Peggy" SeegerAmerican folk singer
  • Peggy Ann GarnerAmerican actress
  • Peggy OrensteinAmerican author
  • Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaerdaughter of General Philip Schuyler and sister,in,law of Alexander Hamilton
  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" LiptonAmerican actress
  • Peggy Gail FlemingAmerican Olympic figure skater
  • Margaret Ellen "Peggy" NoonanAmerican journalist and speechwriter
  • Margaret Amy "Peggy" SaundersEnglish tennis player
  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" KnudsenAmerican actress
  • Peggy Cummins (born Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller)Welsh,Irish actress
  • Peggy ScottAdams, American R&B singer
  • Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill Eatonwife of U.S Senator John Eaton, focus of 1830 "Petticoat Affair"
  • Peggy McIntaggartCanadian model
  • Peggy Shannon (born Winona Sammon)American actress
  • Mary Margaret "Peggy" WoodAmerican actress
  • Margaret Rose "Peggy" MountEnglish actress
  • Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" RyanAmerican dancer and actress
  • Margaret "Peggy" Shippenwife of American traitor Benedict Arnold
  • Peggy Steffans SarnoAmerican actress
  • Margaret Anne "Peggy" LennonAmerican singer of the Lennon Sisters
  • PeggyJean Montgomery aka Baby Peggy, American silent film actress
  • Peggy FischerAmerican child chef
  • Peggy Brand (b. 2018) daughter of Russell Brand

Peggy in Pop Culture

  • Peggy Sue Bodellmain character in 1986 movie "Peggy Sue Got Married"
  • Peggy Olsencharacter on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Peggy Fowlercharacter on TV's "Mysterious Ways"
  • Margaret "Peggy" Dupreecharacter from movie "Camp Rock"
  • Peggy Hillwife of Hank Hill on TV's "King of the Hill"
  • Margaret "Peggy" Wanker Bundycharacter on TV's "Married... with Children"
  • Agent Margaret "Peggy" Cartercharacter in Captain America comics
  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" Mitchellcharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • "Peggy Sue" song by Buddy Holly